Joy is another town located in Millersburg township on the line of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, named in honor of James F. Joy, for many years president of the company and prominent in the construction of the road.
Joy is a prosperous village containing good business houses and many fine residences, and is a shipping point second to none in the county.
In the early settiement there were grist and saw-mills on Edwards and Camp creeks, which supplied the settlers with lumber and ground their grain. but these have disappeared with the advent of the railroad bringing lumber and flour from Minnesota.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows have a very prosperous lodge here (No. 267), which was organized December 13, 1853. The order own their own hall. During the rebellion so many of its members enlisted that scarcely a quorum was left to transact business. No member who was a soldier lost his membership on account of non-payment of dues. and the charity of the order extended beyond the lodge to the families of their brethren.
History of Mercer and Henderson Counties
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